Day: March 7, 2014

Son in homicide was no longer at MHS

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The 17-year-old son charged with murdering his mom and shooting his dad on March 5 was a former McNary High School student. Brett Angus Pearson was arrested around 1 a.m. March 6, about 90 minutes after officers with the Keizer Police Department responded to an alarm at the family home on Ventura Loop North. Brett’s 44-year-old mom, Michelle Yvonne Pearson, was found shot to death. His father, 57-year-old Wilfred “Bill” Pearson, received “serious gunshot injuries” but was taken to Salem Hospital for treatment. Both Brett Pearson and his friend, 17-year-old Robert Daniel Miller II of Keizer, were arrested. Both were arraigned Friday afternoon. John Honey, principal at McNary High School, confirmed the enrollment status of both teens. “Brett Pearson was formerly enrolled at McNary High School,” Honey said Thursday. “Robert Miller is currently enrolled.” Pearson had started the school year as a junior, while Miller was a senior. Honey could not confirm rumors about why Pearson was no longer enrolled at MHS. It was later confirmed Pearson was a student at Downtown Learning Center in Salem. “Due to student privacy laws, I can only confirm if students were enrolled or not,” Honey said. “Brett started the school year at McNary. I don’t know when he withdrew, transferred or whatever happened with him.” Honey said the mood at McNary on Thursday mirrored the rest...

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Award winner thanks community

To the Editor: I would like to thank the many friends who have sent me messages of congratulations on the First Citizen Award.  My wife, Sue, and I moved to Keizer in 1979; this has been a wonderful community to raise a family and operate a business. There are literally hundreds of people who volunteer in Keizer every day. I feel honored to have received this award; thank you. John Doneth...

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Manager, attorney tell it like it is

To the Editor: This past week I attended the city council meeting to find out more about a resolution to have a settlement agreement about the Rawlins’ property at Keizer Station.  I also wanted to publicly thank City Manager Chris Eppley and City Attorney Shannon Johnson for going before a state legislative committee that was considering a bill that would create a great injustice to Keizer residents. The purpose of Eppley and Johnson’s appearance was to show how  unjust the bill proposed by state Rep. Brian Clem from Salem was. It has become apparent that Brian Clem has something against Keizer by proposing his bill.  He did not receive a great welcome greeting when he appeared before the city council about a year ago and he is sticking his finger in our city’s eye to get revenge. During this week’s council meeting Johnson explained, in some detail, how the city will benefit from the resolution. We may now have a solution to a costly problem  that would have cost every property owner higher taxes. Bill Quinn...

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Support Roland Herrera for council

To the Editor: Hooray! With Mr. Herrera’s hat in Keizer’s “political circle.” I believe the community will finally see true citizen representation. Not the back door stuff that has blanketed Keizer for the past 15 years. Remember the Walmart fiasco? How about the tax on cell phones without the city council seeking input from the folks who will pay for those charges…us, the citizens of Keizer. It’s time for changes. We need people that represent us, people that listen and actually do things that we want and need. Enough of the “old school” politics that has ruined our country. Thank you Roland. You have my support. Bert S. China...

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Who will take care of your pet?

By ADAM FAMULARY When billionaire Leona Helmsley passed away in 2007 she left her dog, Trouble, $12 million, quickly making Trouble the wealthiest canine in the world.  A court found the $12 million bequeath unconscionable, and whittled it down to a meager $2 million.  The court determined that $2 million was more than enough to provide Trouble with $190,000 in yearly expenses for the rest of her life. Although most of the United States’ 85 million pet owners don’t have enough money to provide $190,000 worth of annual care to their pets, the average pet owner values the companionship and well-being of their pet just as much as Ms. Helmsley.  This fact begs the question: what will happen to your pet when you pass away? In 2001, the Oregon Legislature passed trend-setting laws that provide Oregon residents’ with the peace of mind that their pets can be cared for through the use of “pet trusts.”  In simple terms, a pet trust is where a pet owner sets aside an amount of money for the care of her pet, names a caretaker to care for the pet, and also names a trustee to manage the trust money.  The pet trust agreement can describe the level of care that the caretaker must provide, such as what kind of medical care, and when to euthanize.  When the pet owner passes away, the...

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